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Naby Keita to start ahead of Henderson? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face FC Porto

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Liverpool are on course for a place in the Champions League semi-finals as they take a 2-0 lead to FC Porto for the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

The Reds picked up a comfortable victory at Anfield last week, but they still have work to do against a Porto side with a 100% home record in this season’s competition. The Merseysiders followed up their win against the Portuguese outfit with a 2-0 success over Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend.

The two-goal margin of victory last week leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men in a very strong position, though, and history suggests that we should see the job through in Portugal.

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Liverpool may be without Jordan Henderson after the midfielder picked an ankle injury in the second half of the Chelsea match.

Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are unlikely to be a part of this game but Andrew Robertson is set to return after serving his suspension.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

Alisson is our first-choice goalkeeper and should be in goal on Wednesday.

James Milner (RB)

Klopp could go with the experienced James Milner at right-back, considering the workload Alexander-Arnold has had this season.

Dejan Lovren (CB)

Lovren played in the first leg and helped the Reds keep a clean sheet. Expect the Croat to start on Wednesday too.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The Dutchman is a giant at the back and certain starter for this game in Portugal.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The Scotsman was suspended for the first leg. Having served it, he is expected to walk straight back into the starting XI.

Fabinho (CDM)

Fabinho has brought a calming influence in the midfield and his presence gives our attackers more freedom. Expect him to start on Wednesday.

Georginio Wijnaldum (LCM)

Wijnaldum’s form has dipped in recent weeks but he still remains a crucial cog in Klopp’s system.

Naby Keita (RCM)

With Henderson doubtful, Klopp is expected to not take any risk with our skipper and go with Naby Keita. Keita has done well of late and deserves to keep his place in the team.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Salah scored a belter in the 2-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend. The Egyptian would be raring to make his mark at Porto on Wednesday.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

One of the underrated players in the Premier League, Firmino is probably one of the first names on our gaffer’s team sheet.

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Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane scored in the 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the league and will look to guide our team into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Liverpool could face one of these five teams in knockout round of Champions League

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Liverpool learn their possible opponents for Champions League knockout round

Liverpool had to avoid defeat on the final day of the Champions League group stage to ensure a place in the last 16.

The Reds had some iffy moments against RB Salzburg but came out on top thanks to a couple of fine goals.

Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah got the pair for the Reds and we finished as group winners.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah got a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth (Image credit: Getty)

All eyes will be on the Champions League draw, and there are some quality teams we could face.

The rules state that we cannot play against another English team or the second-placed team from our group.

Napoli, Chelsea and Tottenham are ruled out, and that leaves just five second-placed teams who could face us.

Atalanta, Lyon, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid are the possible opponents for us in the next round.

Liverpool should fear no one

Facing Atletico or Real would be scary proposition for any side in the world, but this Liverpool team is something else.

We have not lost a single two-legged European affair under Jurgen Klopp and have beaten some quality sides over the years.

Manchester City, Barcelona, AS Roma and Bayern Munich have all been put to the sword. A clash against Real would also give us the chance to exorcise some demons from the 2018 Champions League final.

Liverpool lift Champions League trophy
Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League trophy (Image credit: Getty)

Although the Reds are great, we shouldn’t take any of the other teams lightly too. Atalanta have impressed in their first season in the Champions League while Dortmund and Lyon are capable of performing well.

The first leg of the last 16s will take place on 18/19 February or 26/26 February. The return legs will be played on 10/11 March or 17/18 March.

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Liverpool will play the second leg at home given that they finished at the top of their group.

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Liverpool seem set to miss out on 20-year-old Bundesliga attacker

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Liverpool set to miss out on Kai Havertz signing

Liverpool are in danger of missing out on Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, according to Bild (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The German international has been great for club and country over the past two years. His form this season hasn’t been great though, with just four goals and an assist.

Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz scored 17 goals for Bayer Leverkusen in the previous Bundesliga campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Leverkusen aren’t doing all that bad in the Bundesliga though. They lie sixth in the table just five points off the top.

The report claims that Liverpool have been linked with the 20-year-old in recent months. However, Manchester United are the ones who are showing the most interest in the German attacker.

Havertz is capable of playing in several attacking positions and would be an excellent addition to this team.

The German could provide cover for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino too, given his versatility.

January targets for Liverpool

It will be interesting to see if we make any moves in the January window. Our side looks great but injuries are piling up at the moment.

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Dejan Lovren (R) left the field with an injury at the Vitality Stadium (Image credit: Getty)

Dejan Lovren picked up a knock in the win over RB Salzburg while we have Fabinho and Joel Matip out for a while.

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We might not require an attacker in January, but a defensive player could provide cover for the injuries and options for the remainder of the campaign.

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Liverpool emerge as shock contenders to sign this Ligue 1 dynamo

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Liverpool emerge as shock contenders for PSG’s Neymar

Liverpool are one of the clubs that want to sign Neymar, according to Le Parisian (h/t Express).

The 27-year-old left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain to become the most expensive player in the world.

However, the report claims that PSG want to cut their losses and the Reds are monitoring the Brazilian star.

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Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona (Image credit: AFP)

Neymar tried to return to Barcelona in the previous summer window, but the Catalans didn’t have enough money for the deal (h/t Express).

Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in the Brazilian (h/t Express).

Neymar missed a chunk of this season due to an injury but he still has six goals and an assist from eight Ligue 1 games.

Liverpool don’t need Neymar

Although the Brazilian is one of the most talented players in the world, the Reds don’t need him in the team.

Our attack could improve with Neymar in the side but there have been problems with his attitude in the past.

Neymar
Neymar is one of the best players int he world (Image credit: AFP)

The 27-year-old also has missed several games due to injuries while at Barcelona and PSG.

Liverpool are a well-oiled machine at the moment, and the last thing we need is a big ego coming in and making things difficult for the playing and coaching staff.

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Jurgen Klopp has made astute signings since taking over at the club, and it will be interesting to see who his next target could be.

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